Gluten Free All Natural Fruit & Nut Bars

Gluten Free All Natural Fruit & Nut Bars

Often times figuring out healthy, convenient and satisfying snacks is hard, especially if you have a dietary restriction or allergy. I wanted to create a gluten free, guilt free and naturally sweetened grab-n-go snack that I could recommend to my clients. These fruit and nut bars provide a heatlthy balance of proteins, fats and carbs and are yummy too! They’re super easy to make and don’t require any baking or cooking (except to warm the liquid mixture), so definitely worth giving a try! Each batch will make 10 bars. Macros (per bar): 173 cals, 8g fat, 22g carbs, 7g protein. 

Ingredients: 
-1 1/2c gluten free oats (I used this nut/oat blend, but you can just do GF oats and + 2tbs of pumpkin seeds)
-1c packed pitted prunes
-1/4c unsalted smooth natural peanut butter
-1/4c pure maple syrup
-1tbs vanilla extract
-1/2c whole almonds
Directions: 
-In food processor blend prunes until ball forms (about 45 sec)
-Dump prunes into large mixing bowl and add oats/seeds
-Put almonds in food processor until roughly chopped (about 10-15 sec)
-Dump almonds into oat/prune mixture
-In a small saucepan stir together maple syrup, peanut butter and vanilla over low heat until mixed 
-Pour liquid mixture into dry mixture and stir until well blended and evenly distributed
-Line 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper
-Spread mixture in pan evenly
-Chill for 15-20 minutes in refrigerator 
-Cut into 10 symmetrical bars

Source: MJ Fitnatic

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